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Featured Events

All events included with admission to Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger.

Chocolate Sundae Sunday

Sunday, February 14, 2:00–4:00 pm

$2.00 Members / $3.00 Public;Museum admission is extra.

Join us for this delicious annual event and paint the town red! Enjoy a sundae you design yourself, create special valentine crafts, and delight in the music of Auburn Jazz Ensemble. Clifford, our favorite Big Red Dog, will be stopping by for heartfelt fun!

Sponsored by Dean Foods.

 

Messy Monday - Koosh Ball Painting

Monday, February 15; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Messy Monday dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.

 

Discover Engineering

Saturday, February 20, 11:00 am–3:30 pm

We’re kicking off National Engineers Week as dozens of professional engi­neers from local firms set up shop in Discovery Center spaces to give kids and adults hands-on experiences. Engage your brain and conquer fun challenges, meet high school robotics teams, erect your own edifice, make-and-take some amazing stuff, and enjoy special science demonstrations.

Sponsored by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers; TAC Rockford; Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.; and Specialty Screw.

 

Emily Elizabeth Day

Saturday, February 27; 10 am – 5 pm

If your name is Emily, then today is your lucky day! Anyone named Emily gets free admission to Discovery Center and the Clifford exhibit today!

Admission to Clifford exhibit is $1 for Members and $3 + Museum admission for the Public.

 

Ag All Around Us

Saturday, March 5; 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Celebrate National Agriculture Week! Meet local farmers, create the cutest crafts, snuggle up with a baby barnyard animal, and explore plants and soil. Jump aboard real farm equipment and get hands-on with where food comes from! You think your chores are hard? Find out what farm kids do each day! Overalls and straw hats optional. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau.

 

Stuffed Animal Emergency Clinic

Saturday, March 12; 10:00 am –1:00 pm

Bring your plush friend of any shape and size needing some TLC. Work with professional veterinarians to perform surgical repairs on your beloved stuffed animals, monitor the anesthesia, apply bandages, or wrap a wound. This event is sponsored by the Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association.

 

Bubble Festival

Saturday, March 19

Tickets in advance: $5 Public; $4 Members;

At the Door: $6 Public; $5 Members

Discovery Center celebrates National Bubble Week with bubble-celebrity Geoffrey Akins’ live performances and sudsy science fun. After the show, join us in the Bubble-Palooza Playground to test your soapy skills with bubble art and activities for the whole family!

Geoff performs about 300 shows a year and has performed all over the United States and in 10 foreign countries. His shows usually sell out at Discovery Center, so purchase your tickets early!

Shows are at 9:00 am; 10:30 am; Noon; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm; 3:30 pm.

In advance: $5 Public/$4 Members (through 5:00 pm March 17)

At the door: $6 Public/$5 Members

(Museum admission extra for General Public: $8 adults; $8 children; age 1 and younger is free)

Advance tickets go on sale Monday, February 1. To purchase tickets, visit our Admissions Desk or call 815.963.6769.

Sponsored by Alpine Bank.

 

Spring into Science

Monday–Friday, March 25–April 1; 11:00 am–3:30 pm

Celebrate STEM as we play with numbers, explore translu­cent colors, dabble in reflection, and use refraction to make a rainbow viewer. Plus, engage in fun art activities and enjoy live science demonstrations.

 

Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Members of either museum: Children $3/Adults no charge

Public: Children $12/Adults $10

Includes admission to both museums.

Discovery Center joins Burpee Museum for this annual egg-stravaganza! Hop into your favorite museum and fill your basket with yummy treats. Kids 9 and under can look for eggs at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. The rest of the time, children of all ages can create super springtime art and jump into egg-cellent fun.

 

Mornings of Fun

Saturday, April 2; 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Discovery Center invites children with special needs and their immediate families to experience our multisensory exhibits and engaging activities before the doors open to the general public. Join us from 9 to 10 am on Saturday, April 2 and take advantage of this special oppor­tunity with FREE ADMISSION. A healthy snack will be served at 10:00 am and families are welcome to stay and play after the museum opens to the public.

Advance registration is required to receive free admis­sion. Contact Sue at 815-972-2839 or email SueS@discoverycentermuseum.org.

 

Nano Day

Saturday, April 2; 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Explore the incredible infinitesimal world of Nano Science! Greeting cards that sing, fabric that stretches, and thermom­eters that turn color owe their remarkable properties to this cutting-edge technology. Learn about future applications, and delve into special hands-on projects as you discover how tiny size can make an enormous difference.

 

Rockford Health System Pet Therapy Program

Sunday, April 10; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Meet some adorable dogs that are trained to provide comfort to hospital patients. Learn what these amazing canines can do and how YOUR dog could be part of the “Loving Tails” therapy program.

Admission to Clifford exhibit is $1 for Members and $3 + Museum admission for the Public.

 

Rockford Police K-9 Demonstration

April 16; 2:00 pm

Watch a Rockford Police Officer and his canine partner demonstrate how dogs help police fight crime. Then stick around to ask questions and meet this trained police dog.

Admission to Clifford exhibit is $1 for Members and $3 + Museum admission for the Public.

 

Future Nurses Academy

Saturday, April 23; 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come see what it’s like to be a nurse! From checking X-Rays to taking blood pressure, kids of all ages can get their hands on real equipment, talk to real nurses, and make the rounds on this day of medical fun.

Sponsored by OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing.

 

Astronomy Day

Saturday, May 7; 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Discovery Center Celebrates National Astronomy Day with free planetarium shows, star maps, and glittery star crafts. Check out the inner workings of a telescope and take a close-up look at our star the Sun with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club.

Sponsored by Astro-Physics, Inc.

 

Museums for Moms

Sunday, May 8; 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Wondering what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission for all mothers and grandmothers at five area museums! Pick up a passport at one museum, then visit three more museums and be entered in a drawing to win free memberships to all five museums! Participating museums, in addition to Discovery Center, are Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden; Burpee Museum of Natural History; Rockford Art Museum; and Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens. Special activities will be featured at all museums. Give mom the gift of fun family time and cherished memories with a day filled with the region’s top attractions!

 

Bye, Bye Big Red Dog

Sunday, May 15; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come romp with Clifford for one last day of fun before the temporary exhibition Clifford The Big Red Dog leaves Discovery Center.

Admission to Clifford exhibit is $1 for Members and $3 + Museum admission for the Public.

 

Messy Monday - Q-Tip Painting

Monday, May 30; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Messy Mondays feature special theme-focused art projects with professional artists. Messy Monday dates occur on legal and school holidays and throughout the summer. Messy Mondays are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and are included with museum admission.

 

 

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